The Heroine’s Journey of Mary Linda Piercy

The best thing I love about my work is the freedom I feel when I create. If I am feeling sad, or stressed, I can just start painting or designing jewelry, and the process takes me out of myself as well as any problems I may be facing. My work is like therapy to me, and I am always happy when I finish a project; however, I am always starting new endeavors to make that perfect piece of art; although, sometimes very illusive to capture.

Perfect happiness to me is being in love with the world and life, and having everyone I love and care about be healthy and happy as well.

My greatest fear is to lose a loved one. I have lost my parents, but my children and my siblings are very close to me, and some have been ill, so naturally, I could not bear this life without them.

A trait I deplore about myself is perhaps thinking that life should be perfect and fair. It has taken me a long time to realize most things, and including people, are not close to being perfect or fair.

The living people I most admire are my college professors. I went back to school to learn more about artwork, but have taken many writing classes as well, and I love all the arts, artists and poets, but my teachers who have given the gift of knowledge are most inspiring and selfless.

My greatest extravagance would be purchasing an expensive piece of jewelry because I love gemstones and pearls.

The occasion I would lie and it would probably be the only thing worth telling a fib for is…My Age! I go to college, and occasionally a young student will ask me how old I am. I always answer with a quote from the 1920’s movie star Mae West. I say, “My age is a number and it shall remain unlisted.” Then I chuckle a bit because they don’t have a clue who Mae West was, and then they forget their question, and it works every time.

What I dislike about my work is there is never enough time to create all the ideas I have in mind. I keep thinking soon, I will be free to experiment and just work, but life duties get in the way, and like all artists I am still learning.

The happiest time in my life concerning my work, my parents were both alive, and now even though I am more confident with my artwork, I miss my parents input and encouragement.

If I could change something about myself, I would be less critical of my work, and more adventurous overall.

My greatest achievement in work is becoming a curator, and putting on my own exhibition with other artists I admire; however, my really greatest achievement is raising my two children as a single mother as they are the light in everything I do and create.

I love living in California because it has the ocean and mountains I dearly enjoy, and I love painting ocean scenes and birds, but it would be great to live in Europe for a while, so I could see all the wonderful art and history.

My most treasured possessions are the things my parents taught me, and the memories of our camping vacations in Yosemite, Big Sur, San Francisco, Bass Lake, and going to China Town for dinner with all five kids. All the memories of beautiful days growing up with my siblings in California, and my own children, and their children, so family is my most treasured possession.

My most marked characteristic, let’s see…it has to be the way I walk. People all though my life have commented on it, so because I cannot see myself, I can only imagine an unintentional swinging from right to left. I have always loved to watch old movies and perhaps subconsciously I mimic Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren, I am not sure, but it is always good for a laugh.

The most inspirational location in my city is the downtown area. It is an older city where there are still places to tie one’s horse up, if we had them today. When we go to town, we say the village, so you can see the people still see it as the first settlers did. It is a college town as well and still houses the lovely old historic buildings at Pitzer, Pomona, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, and McKenna. It is below the beautiful San Andreas mountains and when there is snow and clear, it is breathtaking to behold.

My favorite place to eat in my city is Viva Madrid. My grandmother was from Madrid, Spain, and the food is wonderful and reminds me of when I was little, and she made enchiladas, empanadas, and tortillas as well as soup.

Books which have influenced me have been the artists life stories. I loved the story of Georgia O’Keefe, and Van Gogh, Monet’, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Tamara De Lempicka.

On my last day of living the music I would choose to listen to would be Spanish guitar, and piano pieces by the masters such as Bach, Beethoven, Handel, and also the Beatles and the Beach Boys.

My hero in real life is my sister Sharon Watson, she is two years younger and has always been my best friend, confidant, and she always encourages me to do my artwork. Sharon is totally blind, and she is an LCSW, psychiatric social worker. Sharon has never allowed being blind to stop her from anything she wants to achieve, which includes cooking, baking the best pies in history, and playing the guitar and ukulele.

My favorite movie is a Christmas film called The Bishop’s Wife”, starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven. I watch it every year, and although it is older than I am, I love the story and the actors. It always puts me in the Christmas spirit, even though Christmas is my favorite holiday anyway.

The role art has been in my life, is Art is my life. I don’t think I could function without ever being able to create artwork.

My greatest fans and sponsors are my friends and family. At work, I work as an English tutor at a college, where my colleagues ask me to design jewelry or crochet a water bottle holder, or paint a picture. It is such a nice feeling to be asked to do something special for those I love.

My partner in crime is my sister Sharon Watson, we get into trouble when we go shopping together and have a girl’s day.

This year in 2018, I would love to work with my painting professor again, Sergio Rebia, he is a wonderful artist and was so encouraging to me. I learned a lot from him, but there is always more to learn.

If Rembrandt were alive today as well as Monet’ and Van Gogh, of course I would love to meet them and follow them around, and perhaps be each other’s models if they would deem me worthy.

I am working on a series of paintings of birds. My daughter Marie Linda, has been ill off and on for 13 years, and she loves to watch and study birds, so I want to paint them for her to make her happy. My work is on Facebook, but not all of it, most is at home waiting for the next art show.

Passion to me and never retiring goes hand and hand. I think one who is driven to do

artwork, as I have been since a very young girl, it makes sense I will not want to retire until I cannot physically do it anymore. I believe I saw a photo of Renoir; when he was in advancing years, he was older and very arthritic. He held his paint brushes between his fingers while his hand curled closed inward. I never forgot his determination in the photo because it is the ultimate passion to work; moreover, even when it is very painful.
I do admire the drive of those whose passion never stops, and I do not foresee me ever quitting if I can help it.
I recommend one of my professors Teresa Becker on my Facebook friends for this Heroine showcase. Teresa was my Fashion professor, and she designs lovely clothing, and is also a sweet wonderful and thoughtful teacher. Her students all loved her kindness very much.
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